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Poster: Spuzz Date: Jun 24, 2004 5:11pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

Well after having a nice little birthday (Happy birthday toooo me) we're back with another choice in the Prelinger Movie Of the Week! This week, the movie is sponsored by Whiz Bars! mmm Mmm!

The number chosen was... 1028!

The movie corresponding to it is... Oh! A movie that was DOWN for the longest time, and now is back up for all of us to enjoy...

On Guard! The Story of SAGE! Woo! It's a movie I havent seen, as it was down when I did my pass over the 'O' movies.. long ago..

Anyways, the movie link can be found here!

http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=prelinger&collectionid=06855

Don't forget! Watch first over the weekend, and discuss starting Sunday!

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 26, 2004 9:58am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

"On Guard" is a terrific film and like many I have downloaded, I haven't reviewed it because I thought the already posted reviews covered the essentials.

The IBM Corporation - oh, what shall I say . . . their support of government "projects" in Nazi Germany, their tremendous bureaucracy, their standardizing the personal computer by mistake . . . Well SAGE was IBM's masterpiece of military computing, and they could not help but brag about it in this film. Marvelous color. And . . .

The Display Scope!

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 26, 2004 11:16pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

That's my favorite bit--the display scope.
No folks, it's not like a television, showing you pictures from miles away, it's a screen that actually displays real data, right from the computer itself, as it's happening! Wow!
Someone once told me that most technological advances these days come from two places: the military and the porno industry...

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 27, 2004 6:30am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

Writer John C. Dvorak long ago noted that the porn industry has been one of the earliest adopters of tech - home movies, home video, PC's, online marketing . . . and some would say the miltary industrial complex is pornographic.

It is also interesting to note that SAGE was obsolete soon after it was deployed. It was designed to catch relatively slow moving bombers because the US felt the Soviets weren't capable of building an ICBM. So what were they looking at on their display scopes?
http://www.cyber-dyne.com/~snordby/displayscope.jpg

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 27, 2004 8:46am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

Nice one Steve!
"It wasn't my fault Captain, it just popped up on my display scope..."

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Poster: AppleGirl Date: Jun 27, 2004 3:31pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Those are some big RAM cards there...

I think it's a miracle that with this level of technology, we didn't blow up the world back then! I love when they replace the malfunctioning tube on the plane's computer during a flight: "Just gimme a minute, Fred!"

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 28, 2004 10:43am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Those are some big RAM cards there...

I'd bet no tubes ("valves" for you English speakers). Transistors were available by 1956 (are there films on Shockley?) - and the counter measure of the Soviets was (I'm told) innovative: just transmit raw data to ground stations that procoessed and returned results to aircraft. No loss of expensive hardware, or it falling into the enemy's hands, if the plane is lost.

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 24, 2004 10:14pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

FYI: RealVideo links appear to be down, QT works fine.

This post was modified by trafalgar on 2004-06-25 05:14:37